Had a great time last week visiting Ms. Ritacco’s second grade class at Trinity Elementary School. As part of Read Across America, Trinity was celebrating the birth of Dr. Seuss. We read The Butter Battle Book, an allegory for the arms race. Love the Cat in the Hat headgear!
An overnight winter storm should make for a very messy Monday. I just sent the following robocall city-wide: This is the City of New Rochelle with a winter storm advisory. Snow is forecast throughout the night, and road conditions will likely be poor tomorrow morning. Monday’s north end garbage pickup is cancelled. Please avoid unnecessary … Continue reading Messy Monday Coming
I was very proud to welcome the class officers of Isaac Young Middle School to City Hall yesterday morning. We talked about public service, the importance of protest movements, school proms, and mastering foreign languages (or, in my case, failing to do so.) A great group of youngsters, who offer good reason to be hopeful … Continue reading Isaac in the House (or Hall)
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s community meeting on Quaker Ridge Road. If you missed the meeting and are interested in this subject, you can view the presentation of proposed improvements or read this summary about the proposal. The core components of the project, in addition to much-needed repaving, are: • intersection improvements, … Continue reading Quaker Ridge Road Meeting Recap and Presentation
I was pleased to welcome Senator Chuck Schumer back to New Rochelle last week for a press at conference at our Police Headquarters. The Senator was in town to discuss the POWER Act, which would provide funding for equipment that can detect lethal drugs like fentanyl. It’s one part of a multi-layered strategy to confront … Continue reading Schumer in New Rochelle Calls for Police Funding
So, I am turning 50 later this year. No plans, as of yet, to buy a motorcycle, get a tattoo, or otherwise rebel against midlife. But I am having a party on Sunday, June 2nd at noon, and you’re invited. Here are the details. Please save the date. The party will also serve as the … Continue reading Save the Date for My 50th
Please join me for the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 20th at City Hall. The evening begins with a networking reception at 6:00pm, followed by the speech at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. There’s more in this flyer. Hope to see you there!
Moody’s has confirmed New Rochelle’s strong Aa2 bond rating, a welcome validation of our fiscal health and management. Here’s the full press release from City Hall: Moody’s Investors Services has confirmed the existing rating of Aa2 to the City’s upcoming $8.6 million bond issue. This designation maintains the credit worthiness of the City’s debt and … Continue reading New Ro Finances in Good Shape
Please watch my half-hour interview with Tamar Tait of the League of Women Voters. We talked about New Rochelle’s history, our downtown plans, infrastructure investments, the public school system, the new State Senate majority, and much more. A good conversation about our community’s past, present, and future. If you find the conversation informative, please also … Continue reading Watch My LWV Interview
Amazon’s decision to pull out of New York represents a missed opportunity for the metropolitan area, and is a victory of emotion over reason. The Long Island City plan would have strengthened and diversified the New York economy, created tens of thousands of jobs, and generated billions in new public revenue, while also bolstering the … Continue reading Amazon Decision is Missed Opportunity